June 14, 2012
Senator Paul (R-KY) introduced the “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act” (S. 3287) requiring a warrant before the government before using drones to spy on US citizens. Recently a bill was passed to allow some 30,000 drones to be unleashed over US airspace. link
Glad to see some push back on this new assault on our liberty and privacy. I will be following this bill.
Published by CNN June 13, 2012
- Sen. Rand Paul says surveillance drones in the U.S. could track everyday activity
- He says it’s a violation of the Constitution to spy with drones without approval by a judge
- Rand Paul says police should be able to get approval for limited use of drones
- He says legislation is need to reaffirm the rules set out in the Constitution
[. . . ]My bill will restate the Fourth Amendment and protect American’s privacy by forcing police officials to obtain a warrant before using domestic drones.
There are some exceptions within this bill, such as the patrol of our national borders, when immediate action is needed to prevent “imminent danger to life,” and when we are under a high risk of a terrorist attack. Otherwise, the government must have probable cause that led them to ask for a warrant before the use of drones is permitted.
If the warrant is not obtained, this act would allow any person to sue the government. This act also specifies that no evidence obtained or collected in violation of this act can be admissible as evidence in a criminal, civil or regulatory action.
Allowing domestic drones to act as spies for the government is a complete violation of our basic right to personal privacy.